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Communication Department News

Students/faculty in the News

April 2010: Prof. Spielvogel's Valley Sim computer program was selected by Zeeland-based venture firm Momentum for it's 2010 entrepeneur boot camp program. Read story

March 2010: Prof. Housel's book, Understanding the College Experience of First-Generation Students: A Reader, was released by Brown Walker Press and featured in an article in the Holland Sentinel. Click here to read the article

January 2010: Congratulations to Alison Garza and Samantha Molnar whose research paper was accepted for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) to be held at the University of Montana in April. Their abstract on "International Perceptions of Global Communication" was one of those chosen from over 2600 submissions.

April 2009: Five communication students were selected for Phi Beta Kappa: Ayannah Abiade, Kelli Carrier, Erin Fortner, Shanna Mack, and Laura VanTassell.

February 2009: Kudos to Jim Herrick on his cover story for the February 2009 issue of Christianity Today! The article, "Science Fiction's Brave New World," is written by Jim and is based on his research for his recent book, "Scientific Mythologies: How Science and Science Fiction Forge New Religious Beliefs," (InterVarsity Press, 2008). The cover of the current issue reads: "They have already landed: Science Fiction Mythmakers' Road to Redemption."


January 2009: Ten Communication Students had research accepted for presentation at NCUR. These students will traval to the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse for The 23rd National Conference on Undergraduate Research to be held April 16-18, 2009. Congratulations to:

  • Laura Grimm (advised by Isolde Anderson): Muted Group Theory and Latino Mural
  • Kristie Moote & Amy Fisher (advised by Beck DeVries): Demand/Withdraw Pattern and its Negative Effects on Marital Satisfaction
  • Samantha Molnar & Christopher Lewis (advised by Deirdre Johnston): Global Communication Through Film: The Impact of Western Ideology on Japanese Films
  • Mary Davis & Erin Fortner (advised by D. Johnston): The Impact of Global Exposure on Personal Uncertainty
  • Ayannah Abiade & Shanna Mack (advised by D. Johnston): Age, Global Exposure, and Identity Formation
  • Abby Hoppen (advised by Teresa Housel): From Health to Calorie-Counting: Content Analysis of Dieting and Nutrition Features in Seventeen and Cosmopolitan Magazines from 1955-2005

August 2008: Junior Julie Kocsis lands coveted internship with Saturday Night Live in New York City. Julie is participating in the New York Fine Arts semester off-campus program this fall. Read more

Summer 2008: Prof. Ji Hoon Park traveled to Cameroon with a group of Hope engineering students and faculty who work on water purification. Prof. Park produced a video of his experience. When the West Brings Civilization Back to Africa is a powerful presentation of many of the challenges of intercultural communication and global power relationships.

April 2008: The annual Communication Department Showcase was held on Thursday, April 17. Twenty-nine new members were inducted into Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society. Graduating seniors were recognized as well as department award winners and Phi Beta Kappa inductees.

February 2008: The Associated Collegiate Press honored two members of the staff of the weekly Hope College student newspaper The Anchor during the "Best of the Midwest College Newspaper Convention" held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on February 15-17. Ashley DeVecht, who is features editor received seventh place in the Single Page Design category for her features spread "World Travelers," which she developed with The Anchor's production manager, senior Nicholas Engel. Senior Evelyn Daniel, who with senior Emily Papple, serves as editor-in-chief, received 10th place in the Editorial/Commentary category for her column "Voice of Dissent."

February 2008: Students Lauren Benecke and Mason Blenkhorn (faculty sponsor Rebecca DeVries), and Vanessa Claus (faculty sponsor Teresa Housel) had their research papers accepted for presentation at the Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference at Purdue University-Calumet. Lauren, Mason, Vanessa and Prof. Housel will travel to Purdue University in April to present their research.

February 2008: Communication student Ashley De Vecht was selected to be a magazine intern this summer for the American Society of Magazine Editors Internship Program in New York. She will be placed at a national magazine in NYC this summer (e.g., Guideposts, Glamour, Newsweek) . This is a highly prestigious, competitive, paid internship, and Ashley is the first Hope student ever to receive this honor.

January 2008: Students Lauren Benecke and Mason Blenkhorn had their research papers accepted for presentation at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. NCUR is highly competitive, and this is a remarkable achievement. In April Lauren and Mason will travel to Salisbury University in Maryland to present their work.

Newspaper Articles
Student Films Debut on the Big Screen

Communication Students Study Abroad

Communication students, Sarah Quesada-Lubbers (06) and Bill Flavin (06) spent a year studying abroad in France and Uganda. Click here to read about their experiences.


Martha Miller Center for Global Education Dedication Celebration -- October 14-15, 2005

Dedication Pictures
Martha Miller Center for Global Education Building Information